The Japanese automaker has decided to give a present to its Sentra fans, releasing the new SR Turbo guise as the sportiest alternative to date, thanks to the 188 hp powertrain.
The Nissan Sentra was presented together with the 2017 Rogue and the sedan is also refreshed and debuting together with a new engine in time for the official public presentation during the 2016 Miami International Auto Show. The all-new Nissan Sentra SR Turbo has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its heart and soul, but also packs a host of design improvements. The 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged engine is capable of 188 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton-meter) of torque, which is a 50 percent increase and 41 percent surge in terms of power and torque, respectively, over the regular Sentra SR 1.8-liter. The model is offered with a CVT or a six-speed manual gearbox to enjoy those newfound 64 horsepower (47 kilowatt) and 52 more pound-feet (70 Newton-meter) of torque.
The enhanced power is backed up by a modified suspension and steering rack – including stiffer front springs, reinforced body, bigger front brakes and Active Understeer Control system. The design enhancements are very subtle, the most important update being the 17-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels. Fortunately the cabin features more tweaks – with standard amenities including a power sliding glass moonroof, a sport interior trim, premium cloth seats, and a 5.8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The optional SR Turbo Premium Package comes with leather seats, a Bose audio system, a blind spot monitoring system, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.